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A Week of Weaving

1 Mar

loom

It’s been a fun and busy week. I spent lots of time at the loom this week, working on the Spectrum rug.

loom 2

I’m moving through a color sequence from maroon to purple to pink to red to spice to orange, and next, onto yellow.

dye bath

Lots of dyeing has been happening…

socks

…and I’m working on a new sock design to which Rufus has taken a shine. I can’t wait to wear these!

Weaving a Rug

25 Feb

warp threads

I’m working on a project that’s been a couple of years in the planning.

spectrum rug

It’s a simple woven rug with a color progression from gold to orange to russet to red to fuchsia and purple.

I’m using a ton of stash yarn in this project, including some of the very first yarn I spun.
first yarn

I’m also getting to use up some very special bulky yarn made from the recycled thrums of other weaving projects.recycled yarn

This project is going along really quick, and I can’t wait to see what it looks like on the floor.

January Things

28 Jan

cherries

Chinese New Year is almost here! As red is the most auspicious of colors, and as you are what you eat during the festival, red fruit is in high demand. Thus, it is time for bourbon cocktail cherries!

While utterly contrary to nature and the seasons in the Northern hemisphere, this is randomly the best time of year to buy cherries and strawberries in China. I used the same recipe as last year, although this time I added a vanilla bean, and used bourbon instead of brandy. I’m looking forward to enjoying these in Old Fashioneds, Aviations, Waldorfs, and more.

seedlings

I’m taking the seed packet instructions at their word when they say “as soon as soil can be worked.” I planted lettuce and mild mustard greens this week, along with some beets and additional kale seedings.

first leaves

My little apple tree seems to have survived its first winter, and put out three sets of these cheery little leaves. Here’s hoping for an early spring!